It's nearly midnight, and I just got home from a trip to my local Safeway. I have these really horrible allergies that act up on bursting spring days like today, and despite taking 50-100 mg of Benadryl every three hours since this morning (um, yeah, that's like double the usual dosage - quite remarkable that I can craft something approximating a sentence, isn't it?), I still went through all six large boxes of Kleenex at my place tonight. So just after the Daily Show ended, I headed out to my local Safeway, just around the corner, to replenish allergy attack supplies.
I am pleased and proud to report that I just returned home with six fresh new boxes of Kleenex and five other items (one too many for the 10 or less checkout, drat) and not once did I go down an aisle in which I encountered either condoms or "jelly for diaphragms".
Now, I don't know what kinda sexed-up Safeways they've got out there in the 13th District, but seriously, is there anywhere that Delegate Bob Marshall does not see sexual temptation lurking?
Young adult health fair organizers discussed the possibility of distributing chocolate, oysters, and strawberries as a possible way to entice their peers to attend a health fair at George Mason University, and Marshall and his cronies get all hot and bothered, complaining to GMU officials about giving the group "permission to distribute Aphrodisacs".
Iis Marshall going to mandate strawberry permits on public college campuses now? The RT-D story says, "In a phone interview yesterday, Marshall said he failed to find the humor in the aphrodisiac "come-on," as he called it." That's what he considers a come-on???
(Uh oh. Now that I think about it, there was a pitiful banged-up looking half-pound basket of warm strawberries discarded on the "return" shelf above the cashier's register at the Safeway ...I have to confess they didn't turn me on in the slightest, but perhaps that's the Benadryl talking. I didn't run into any condoms or "jelly for diaphragms" in those Safeway aisles, but if I've gotta worry about sexual temptations from produce, maybe the Safeway is not as safe as I think.)
The ironies abound in this kerfuffle about this "Sextravaganza" health fair at GMU. While Marshall decries it as "a cover for propaganda", the Pro-Choice Patriots student group that organized the event welcomed the participation of anti-abortion and pro-abstinence groups including Campus Catholic Ministries and GMU Students for Life distributing their propaganda. (Kudos to the Pro-Choice Patriots view for welcoming divergent viewpoints and interest groups.)
In a video clip from WUSA-9 TV, one of the anti-choice student participants says that she was able to spread her message to many students who might not otherwise have been exposed to it. Over on NBC-4 TV, the teaser image for the video clip (which I can't view because NBC-4 won't make video compatible for Macs) clearly shows anti-abortion table props. And yet the NBC story features another nutty quote, this one from Senator Ken Cuccinelli:
"They are selling abortions."
So Del. Marshall sees diaphragm jelly in every aisle at the grocery store, and Sen. Cuccinelli thinks that a health fair that provides information on how to prevent unwanted pregnancy is "selling abortions".
Despite their paranoid histrionics, though, the event was apparently a smashing success, in no small part thanks to high turnout attributable to the attention created by the protesting lawmakers. Thanks to the great organizers from GMU Pro-Choice Patriots, it sounds like some actual education went on at this GMU sexual health education event, as it should be.
Note: I plead Benadryl Brain for my not posting about the 45th district candidates forum as promised yet. I'll get to that when some of my IQ is back in place.